China Doesn’t Need More Missionaries

China doesn’t need more missionaries but it does need more church planting missionaries.

I will be the first to say that there are TONS of “missionaries” in China. If you are a Christian college in america, you probably have some outreach program in China. If you are in a T.E.S.L. program, you are probably doing some outreach in China. If you are in a Study abroad program, you are probably in some outreach in China. If you are part of a College Ministry or Christian Organization, you probably have something going on in China. That fact is everyone is in China.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is not the amount of laborers but the type of laborers. China has an over abundance of nominal evangelist and a lack of bold local-church-planters. That may seem too harsh and maybe I am over exaggerating but we have to answer the question, “Why is China still unevangelized with an abundance of Christian workers living in the country?”

Most people the come to China for the purpose of seeing the lost reach with the Gospel, come with the right heart and motives. But China needs more than a good hearted Christian. China needs willing, trained, bold men of the Book! Men that have a high view of God and a high view of His Church.

China needs missionaries that…

  • meet the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
  • refuse to get lost or side tracked in being “under cover.”
  • teach more Bible than they teach English.
  • will plant churches instead of just being a helps ministry.
  • are in for the long haul instead of few year investment with little fruit.
  • fight fear and boldly live out their faith.
  • have real practical training.
  • willing to train the nationals in more than a 10 step discipleship class.
  • are focused on reaching all peoples not just select groups.
  • are willing to have strong accountability vs. no accountability.
  • came to China with more than the ”getting there” syndrome.

Maybe you are considering China. And believe me China needs you! But it needs more than your presence. It doesn’t need another foreigner, tourist, or traveler. It needs someone more consumed with God than having an interest in eating weird foods and experiencing a different culture. May you and I both work at being that person so that China may be reached with the Gospel.

I pray that God will send forth more laborers!

5 thoughts on “China Doesn’t Need More Missionaries

  1. David

    Praise the Lord! I know exactly what you mean. We have the same problem in N Africa. We pray for some more bold laborers that will glorify the Lord through training people for His glory so churches can be established. We love you all and are
    praying for you today.

  2. Rick Horn

    Yes sir Amen. Of the missionaries I know and know of they have the mentality that because they are American and walk around with a Bible in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other they are doing a work for God. It is ok to use English to help in starting a work, the work has to be the primary reason (souls being saved and trained) for you to be there. Now one of the new approaches is the Coffee Shop Ministry, God help us. This is the reason half of the world has never heard the gospel for the first time, but they can speck a little English. Thanks for saying what the rest of us should have said.

  3. Brent Marowelli

    Thank you for you comments. As a representative with FirstBible International I desire to help you get the word of God into the heart language of the Chinese who have never had in their language in order to start churches whre there has never been one. Please let me know of ways I can help you.


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